Originally Posted by agent8
I noticed the st does not have the thx setting. Is that important?
Not "important," but falls into the Nice To Have category. Question is, How Much ($$) is THX and a Better Bezel Design worth to you?
Personally, for a cost difference of $200 or less - on a 65" panel - would opt for the GT. If the difference were over $300, would take the ST. But those are MY Pretend Dollars, not YOUR Real Ones! (Note that that leaves an Uncertain Area between $200 & $300!).
Also, what does everyone use for power/surge protection? They gave me a monster surge protector with my old tv is that enough or do I need to use a battery back up or something like that? Something for $100 or less.
How reliable is the power grid in your area?
No. 1 Son runs one of the APC Power Conditioners and thinks it was worth every penny spent. (Although seem to recall that he picked it up via some sort of Group Purchase - pretty certain through AVS....)
We live in an area that is subject to Frequent Voltage Swings, and Reasonably Regular Short-Term Power Glitches: think in terms of the type of "outage" that is JUST Long Enough to cause an electric alarm clock / clock radio / microwave clock to reset - and then everything is "fine" again.
Because of this, we have ALL of the household computers running off UPS systems, as well as our main Router / Cable Box (which also runs VOIP!) & our main "home theater system."
Although we still have one Belkin unit running, everything else is now APC or TrippLite. Have been very happy, thus far, with the two TrippLite systems bought from Costco - these are under $100, and provide both UPS and AVR functions.
OTOH, have had 2 Belkins & 1 CyberPower fail on us. Again, our area seems to put a lot of stress on these units, so under other conditions....